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Septic issues force Bay Pines operators to walk away

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/29/2015 7:23:00 AM

With Bay Pines closed, those on the lake will find fuel at River North Marina and then not again until they reach Wind Creek State Park. Despite the issues they faced, they loved their time at Bay Pines and that she couldn’t thank their customers enough

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Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 1/27/2015 10:06:00 PM

A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City, Alabama. Rev. Tim Harris will officiate. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga, AL. The pallbearers

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Mr. Manford Durell Jackson

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/26/2015 1:48:00 PM

A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City, Alabama. Rev. Tim Harris will officiate. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga, AL. The

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Crappie time on North Alabama lakes

Date: 1/25/2015 4:41:00 AM

Some anglers catch crappies year around, but there's really no better time than late winter and early spring in our area--the late winter fish bite deep, the early spring fish bite shallow, but they do bite: that's one of the great things about crappie

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Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 1/24/2015 10:02:00 PM

George Arthur Atkins, of Hoover and Lake Martin, age 82, died January 21, 2015 peacefully at his home with his loving family around him. He was born in Birmingham on April 10, 1932, grew up in West End, and graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1950

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Surface Area: 41,000 Acres
• Shoreline: 880 Miles
• Length: 31 Miles
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama. It is a 44,000-acre lake with over 750 miles of wooded shoreline. Lake Martin is a reservoir, formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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